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Heacham Location: Norfolk, Eastern England, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and well loved vacation resort next to some wonderful beaches, Heacham is situated in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a population of about 4,700 people and is perhaps most famous for its historic links with the Indian native Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who came from Heacham. The area is additionally reputed for its fields of lavender, cultivated by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to Heacham in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to be known as a holiday resort in the nineteenth century, as a consequence of coming of the railway line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the 1860s. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being erected in eighteen eighty seven to replace an older timber bridge. The area is just as well loved these days as a beach resort, with both the North and South Beach peppered with camping and caravan sites.

The beach areas in this area are situated upon the eastern coast of The Wash, as a consequence it is one of very few beaches in eastern England where the sun sets over the sea and not over the land.

Heritage of Heacham: It's in all probability over five thousand yrs since the initial settlers showed up in the region surrounding Heacham, the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, gives evidence of this fact. Habitation remained there thru the Iron Age and into Roman times, but it was in all likelihood not till the 5th century that the first actual village was set up there. The name is believed to be taken from the name of a Lord of the Manor in the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, though there is no firm evidence that this is the truth. A further theory is that the name comes from the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book to be part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that time had one hundred and forty three households (making it quite substantial for the time) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 this area was controlled by 2 Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was then under the control of a group of Cluniac Monks, until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The oldest existing building in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, which is built in Norman style and was built in twelve thirty, one of its bells is actually still earlier than this, dating from roughly 1100, making it one of the oldest bells still in existence in England. The village sign in addition to a tablet inside the church recount the historic links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was only twenty two when she passed away three years later, nonetheless she gave birth to a son called Tom, who later returned to America. The hall endured for centuries but was destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in Heacham with a partnership being created between nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of cultivating and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. In 1936 there would be 100 acres under cultivation. Since those early days the business has expanded greatly, and new types have been raised. The lavender is these days exported all around the globe.

The village can be go to via the the A149 and the B1454, it is around 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from King's Lynn, 43 miles (69km) from Norwich and about 190 kilometres (118 miles) from London.

A selection of Heacham streets and roads: Forest Drive, Meadow Road, Malthouse Crescent, Hadley Crescent, Lynn Road, New Row, Linn Chilvers Drive, Woodend Road, Victoria Close, Johnson Crescent, Wilton Road, Torrey Close, Broadway, Blatchford Way, Dix Close, Gymkhana Way, Caius Close, Joyce Lane, Sunnyside, Church Lane, High Street, Lords Lane, Folgate Road, Caley Street, Ingleby Close, Jubilee Road, Cross Way, Hunstanton Road, School Road, South Beach, Cameron Close, The Drift, Lodge Road, Pound Lane, Rolfe Crescent, Sandringham Drive, North Beach, St Marys Close, Cedar Springs, Pine Mall, Kenwood Road, Neville Road, Gidney Drive, Davy Place, Station Road, Witton Close, Collins Lane, Staithe Road, College Drive.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Norfolk Lavender, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Creake Abbey, Friskney Decoy Wood, St James Swimming Centre, Holkham Beach, Central Beach Skegness, Captain Kids Adventure World, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Church Farm Museum, High Tower Shooting School, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Castle Rising Castle, Green Britain Centre, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Old Hunstanton Beach, Wells Beach Leisure, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Butlins - Skegness, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Houghton Hall, Fantasy Island, Castle Acre Priory, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Kids World, Playland Wells, Skegness Pier, Searles Sea Tours.

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